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Activity Overview



As students read, a storyboard can serve as a helpful character reference log. This log (also called a character map) allows students to recall relevant information about important characters. When reading a novel, small attributes and details frequently become important as the plot progresses. With character mapping, students will record this information, helping them follow along and catch the subtleties which make reading more enjoyable!

For this character map, try using “OSCAR” so that students can analyze multiple ways that a character is developed. OSCAR requires students to seek textual evidence to identify the various lenses through which a character is portrayed by both direct and indirect characterization.


DEFINITION EXAMPLE
O
Other Character's Comments

What do other characters say about the character?
"When the scientists of the future show up to my house with robot eyes...I will tell them to screw off because I do not want to see a future without him." - Isaac
S
Speech

What does the character say about others or themselves? How can we infer meaning and traits from what a character says?
"We should team up and be this disabled vigilante duo ...righting wrongs, defending the weak, protecting the endangered."
C
Physical Characteristics

What does the character look like? What descriptive words are used to describe them?
Athletic, strong, good-looking, has a prosthetic leg
A
Author's Attitude

How does the author feel about this character?
Hazel admires and loves Gus: "Gus, my love, I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity..."
R
Reader's Reaction

How do you, as the reader, feel about the character?
Augustus is a likable character due to his humor, intelligence, kindness, and love for Hazel.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-12

Difficulty Level 4 (Difficult / Complex)

Type of Assignment Individual, Partner, or Group

Type of Activity: OSCAR - Direct and Indirect Characterization

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/8/1] Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/8/3] Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/8/6] Analyze how differences in the points of view of the characters and the audience or reader (e.g., created through the use of dramatic irony) create such effects as suspense or humor


Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a character map for the major characters.


  1. Identify the major characters in The Fault in Our Stars and type their names into the different title boxes.
  2. Choose a Storyboard That character to represent each of the literary characters.
    • Select colors and a pose appropriate to story and character traits.
  3. Choose a scene or background that makes sense for the character.
  4. Fill in the Textables for OSCAR: Other Character's Comments, Character's Speech, Physical Characteristics, Author's Attitude, and Reader's Reaction.
  5. Save and submit the assignment.



Rubric

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OSCAR
Indirect and Direct Characterization
Proficient
33 Points
Emerging
25 Points
Beginning
17 Points
Direct Characterization quotes
Using the acronym OSCAR the student was able to find 3 or more quotes that exemplify direct characterization.

The student also had them correctly labeled next to the corresponding letter.
Using the acronym OSCAR the student was able to find 1 or 2 quotes that exemplify direct characterization.

Some error may have occurred when labeling the quotes next to the corresponding letter.
Using the acronym OSCAR the student was able to find find a few examples of direct characterization.

Some error may have occurred when labeling the quotes next to the corresponding letter.
Indirect Characterization quotes
Using the acronym OSCAR the student was able to find 3 or more quotes that exemplify indirect characterization.

The student also had them correctly labeled next to the corresponding letter.

For extra credit the student explained the significance of their examples and inferred meaning.
Using the acronym OSCAR the student was able to find 1 or 2 quotes that exemplify indirect characterization.

Some error may have occurred when labeling the quotes next to the corresponding letter.
Using the acronym OSCAR the student was able to find 1 or 2 quotes that exemplify direct characterization.

Some error may have occurred when labeling the quotes next to the corresponding letter.
Use of characters and imagery
Student completed the storyboard using characters that match their full description.

Careful thought and consideration was used in all details including physical appearance, clothing, height, weight, etc.
Student completed the storyboard using characters that somewhat match the full description.

Thought and consideration was used in details including physical appearance, clothing, height, weight, etc.
Student completed the storyboard using characters that did not match the full description. Thought and consideration was not used in choosing details such as physical appearance, clothing, height, weight, etc.




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